Pennsylvania sees 20 percent surge in mortality rate during COVID crisis

“Given that New York and New Jersey are some of the most impacted states, I would be shocked not to see an increase in deaths in Pennsylvania,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. “These numbers show that Pennsylvania is doing better than its neighbor across the Delaware.” … Noymer said that while the overall picture now indicates that Pennsylvania had dodged some of the exponential rise in deaths seen in nearby states, the overall statistics were still grim.